Running toward the explosion

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Suketu Mehta's song for a soft target, the city of his memory and of his dreams, begins: My bleeding city. My poor great bleeding heart of... Read more

A Thanksgiving Playlist

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1. "Carvin' The Bird" - Charlie Parker. 2. "A Good Sauce From The Gravy Bowl" - Cab Calloway. 3. "Long Gone, Like... Read more

Inflatable Bag Monsters

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I apologize to the dog, who I should be walking at this moment, but someone sent my wife this video, and I couldn't help posting it. Joshua... Read more

What makes Philadelphians Hot

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I can't remember when waiting for SEPTA was so satisfying. Friday afternoon, I'm in Suburban Station, with a few minutes to kill, and I happen... Read more

Brother From Another City

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This account of Election Day in West Philly comes from Clifford Hill, an emeritus Columbia professor whom I met this summer at a friend's house... Read more

Cat can write

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Continuing with the Post-Election E-mails That Are Pure Poetry Dept..... This came in from David Williams, whom I quoted in a column that... Read more

Post-game show with The Field Negro

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What better way to sort out what just happened than by breaking bread with the fiery black Philadelphia blogger who goes by the name "The... Read more

Songs for Obama

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"I am large. I contain multitides" -- Walt Whitman A playlist for president-elect Barack Obama. NBC News has called it at 11 p... Read more